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Friday, October 12, 2007

Forget the Waiting Period, Sale of Mushrooms Now Banned

Jesus, that was quick:
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands will ban the sale of hallucinogenic mushrooms, the government announced Friday, rolling back one element of the country's permissive drug policy after a teenager on a school visit jumped to her death after taking the narcotic.

The decision will go into effect within several months, said Wim van der Weegen, a Justice Ministry spokesman.

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Possession of "hard" drugs like cocaine, LSD and Ecstasy is illegal. Mushrooms will fall somewhere in the middle.

"We're not talking about a non-prosecution policy, but we'll be targeting sellers" Van der Weegen said.

Psilocybin, the main active chemical in the mushrooms, has been illegal under international law since 1971. However, fresh, unprocessed mushrooms continued to be sold legally in the Netherlands along with herbal medicines in so-called "smart-shops," on the theory that it was impossible to determine how much of the naturally occurring substance any given mushroom contains.

Van der Weegen said that was also the reason the system proved unworkable: "It's impossible to estimate what amount will have what effect."

Calls for a re-evaluation arose after Gaelle Caroff, a 17-year-old visiting from France, from a building in Amsterdam in March after eating psychedelic mushrooms.
Shame. Full article here. Our prior stuff on smart shops, Amsterdam and mushrooms, here.

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